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Veracity Of Parliamentary Answers (No. 2)

EDM number 957 in 1993-94, proposed by Llew Smith on 25/03/1994.

That this House welcomes the admission by the Minister for Open Government that ministers do give inaccurate answers to Parliament; condemns however, the Minister for misleading public and Press in his assertions that such replies are only given in very limited circumstances such as the run up to devaluation, when the country is at war or during delicate diplomatic negotiations; draws attention to the following instances of ministers being inexact to Parliament: on 13th November 1989, Official Report, column 1, the honourable Member for Wokingham, as Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry said of the allegation that the Matrix-Churchill company was supplying the Iraqi war machine 'I have no reason to believe that the company has contravened UK export controls', despite the fact that the Right honourable Member for Bristol West had written to the Department of Trade and Industry on 6th September 1989 stating 'we know from secret sources, that contrary to the assurances of the manufacturer, its high technology machine tools have been shipped to Iraqi munitions establishments' and on 3rd November 1993, Official Report, column 239, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs said, when asked by the honourable Member for Blaenau Gwent whether the decision to grant support to the Pergau Dam was linked to any other bilateral trade agreement with Malaysia, simply quoted 'no' and the Foreign Secretary has subsequently contradicted this in evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to make it its policy to make every effort to give accurate information to Parliament in all occasions.

This motion has been signed by a total of 51 MPs.

Llew Smith25/03/1994Blaenau GwentProposed
Chris Mullin25/03/1994Sunderland SouthSigned
Diane Abbott25/03/1994Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
Peter Hain25/03/1994NeathSigned
Michael Connarty28/03/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Harry Barnes28/03/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Norman Godman28/03/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie28/03/1994Glasgow, PollokSigned
John Cummings28/03/1994EasingtonSigned
Eric Clarke28/03/1994MidlothianSigned
Bill Michie28/03/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale28/03/1994MansfieldSigned
Elfyn Llwyd28/03/1994Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
Bridget Prentice28/03/1994Lewisham EastSigned
Greg Pope28/03/1994HyndburnSigned
Terry Patchett28/03/1994Barnsley EastSigned
John Denham29/03/1994Southampton, ItchenSigned
Robert Wareing29/03/1994Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Andrew Faulds29/03/1994Warley EastSigned
Jim Dowd29/03/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Michael Clapham29/03/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Richard Burden29/03/1994Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Ken Livingstone29/03/1994Brent EastSigned
Lynne Jones29/03/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Glenda Jackson29/03/1994Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Eric Illsley29/03/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Martin Redmond29/03/1994Don ValleySigned
Robert Parry29/03/1994Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Ian McCartney29/03/1994MakerfieldSigned
Tony Worthington30/03/1994Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
Dennis Turner30/03/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
John Battle30/03/1994Leeds WestSigned
Bill Etherington30/03/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
Jean Corston30/03/1994Bristol EastSigned
Alan Simpson30/03/1994Nottingham SouthSigned
Colin Pickthall30/03/1994West LancashireSigned
Derek Enright30/03/1994HemsworthSigned
Harry Cohen31/03/1994LeytonSigned
John Evans31/03/1994St Helens NorthSigned
John Heppell12/04/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Mike Hall13/04/1994Warrington SouthSigned
David Clelland14/04/1994Tyne BridgeSigned
Paddy Tipping19/04/1994SherwoodSigned
Tommy Graham20/04/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Paul Flynn21/04/1994Newport WestSigned
John Garrett21/04/1994Norwich SouthSigned
John Gunnell21/04/1994Leeds South and MorleySigned
Martyn Jones27/04/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
George Galloway29/04/1994Glasgow HillheadSigned
Andrew MacKinlay03/05/1994ThurrockSigned
Allan Rogers25/05/1994RhonddaSigned

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